Deputy Director of Opportunity Youth United
Lashon Amado is the Deputy Director for Opportunity Youth United, a national grassroots movement of opportunity youth and their adult allies seeking to alleviate poverty in their community through civic engagement. After being “pushed out” of high school, Lashon received a second-chance to get back on track by attending his local YouthBuild program in Brockton, MA. After completing the program, Lashon went on to receive his master’s degree from Northeastern University. He is now an emerging social entrepreneur, with a vision to empower young people across the globe to be change agents in their community.
Lashon is also the Founder and CEO of an international project, Mas Um Chance (One More Chance), an emerging social enterprise seeking to empower opportunity youth and individuals who have been deported in Cabo Verde (CV), an archipelago on the west coast of Africa. In the program, young people are prepared for pathways into education, employment, and entrepreneurship to be become the next generation of leaders and business owners across the islands. After volunteering many years providing ESL instruction at a local nonprofit in CV, he decided he wanted to do more and that led him to launch the project.
Sponsoring Organization: Member-at-Large